New in Gas Processing Technology
B. Andrew, Technical Editor
MarketView wins award second year in a row
The 2017 Data Management House of the Year award is presented by Energy Risk, and is awarded to the most exceptional offering in enterprise data for the energy and commodity industry.
Earlier this year, the MarketView by DrillingInfo solution also topped several categories in the Energy Risk Rankings survey of energy and commodities companies:
• No. 1 in Ease of Using System
• No. 1 in Preferred Data Management System
• No. 1 in Best Data Management Customer Service
• No. 3 in Best at Integrating with Other Systems
• No. 3 in Best Data Analytics and Charting
• No. 3 in ETRM Software Customer Support Services.
In 2016, MarketView made significant updates and improvements to its offering, including a derived data analytics service with newly created data points and curves, and an updated version of the DrillingInfo proprietary data hub.
MarketView has become a leader in the oil and gas analytics field for its unique ability to accurately provide intuitive access to a comprehensive collection of global energy and commodity market data. MarketView helps users visualize, track, and analyze real-time and historical market data, as well as global news and proprietary data.
With markets becoming more complex and intertwined, MarketView provides clarity for users to make the most profitable decisions in a relatively short amount of time.
Pipeline integrity risk management platform
Pipeline integrity managers striving to maintain security of supply, safe operations and asset reliability must continually rely on data from many different sources to fully understand potential threats to the network.
Data quality and transparency across organizations are constant concerns. Determining risks and mitigating actions can be like finding and removing a needle in a haystack. Integrity managers need a system that integrates data in real time to proactively turn risk into action.
The 7.1 release of Synergi Pipeline software from DNV GL is based on a completely new performance-based architecture, where risk and integrity analytic calculation times are reduced by up to 60%. Results are displayed in built-in dashboards with visual cues highlighting abnormal conditions, data quality issues and other factors. Users can quickly identify threats and easily drill down to determine root causes. The interface is rich in capability while providing a new level of usability.
Synergi Pipeline is a risk-and-integrity-management platform that enables users to work proactively on the safe and efficient operation of distribution and pipeline systems. The analytical framework provides the ability to maintain risk and integrity models according to changing regulations and best practice standards, including ASME, DNV, BS and more.
Users can plan, execute, trace and evaluate activities during all stages of the integrity management process in support of the PDCA (plan, do, check, act) cycle. Integrity managers get a clear quantitative or relative digital view of integrity across their distribution networks or pipeline systems.
The web-based architecture of Synergi Pipeline enables corporate access via web browser, providing ease of access to a single source for all integrity data available across the organization at any time, from anywhere.
The architecture aligns with the Esri server-based technology and is compatible with the new UPDM data model, in addition to other industry-standard data models. For customers focused on reducing IT costs, Synergi Pipeline provides a cloud-enabled architecture via Microsoft Azure.
Drillinginfo expands outside US markets
DrillingInfo’s DI International platform has the same principles as its US model, which earned Drillinginfo’s reputation as the oil and gas industry’s leading SaaS and data analytics company. The platform integrates all of DrillingInfo’s international datasets into one platform.
Gas chromatograph with touch-panel interface
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) recently released its new Nexis GC-2030, an instrument that incorporates several technologically advanced features. These features enable a modernized instrument that is said to improve user connectivity and ease of use, increase throughput, produce superior results, and ultimately yield a higher return on investment.
Engineered with the analyst in mind, the GC-2030 provides users with information at their fingertips through a touch panel interface with clear graphics and instantaneous display. This user-friendly interface, with intuitive graphic icons, encourages easy monitoring of the system’s operating status.
Ethernet-based communication allows the user to remotely connect to the GC via PC or the operator’s mobile device. This flexibility allows the operator to monitor run status or launch a new batch of analyses from a remote location. Other conveniences include tool-free column installation and inlet maintenance, and a built-in oven light.
The GC-2030 instrument offers versatility and expandability to help realize a faster ROI. It allows up to three analytical lines for greater productivity, or for the versatility of more analyses to be packaged into one GC.
A choice of four inlets, six detectors, and specialized valve accessories enables configurations tailored to fit the needs of laboratories in areas such as petrochemical, environmental, food and pharmaceuticals.
Innovations that reduce operating costs include an “Eco Mode” to optimize the use of carrier gas, such as helium, and to reduce electricity use when idle. The Nexis GC-2030 also includes day and time programming, a system self-check feature, and automatic notification of when to replace consumables.
Hydrogen can be a safe and highly effective carrier gas. It maintains its separation efficiency across a wide range of linear velocities, making it a suitable substitute for helium and a good choice for speeding up an analysis. The GC-2030 has an optional, built-in sensor to monitor real-time levels of hydrogen in the oven. The GC will respond to elevated levels by shutting down the hydrogen flow, thereby maintaining a safe working environment.
Further enhancing productivity is LabSolutions’ workstation software, which integrates LC and GC functionality. It offers ease of operability and high functionality, and includes a new data browser. It is said to be convenient for comparing multiple sets of data simultaneously. A Quick-Batch Function simplifies the process of creating injection sequences.
Off-grid power source for outdoor wireless networks
Simark Controls Ltd. has partnered with KNS Communications to distribute SFC Energy’s EFOY Pro fuel cells in critical off-grid applications.
KNS uses EFOY Pro fuel cells as an off-grid power source for engineered, high-performance, outdoor wireless networks in mining, oil and gas, agriculture, utilities and other environments. The fuel cells are hybridized with solar to ensure reliability. When solar is unable to deliver enough power, the fuel cell automatically switches on and compensates for the shortfall in energy to ensure that the battery bank always remains charged to provide power for the off-grid equipment. Large, oversized solar arrays and battery banks are avoided, and system reliability is increased significantly with years of fuel autonomy vs. the traditional few days of battery autonomy.
MultiPoint flowmetering for large-diameter pipes
Large-diameter pipes and ducts present unique challenges to achieving successful flowmeter installation and performance. Hot, moist and/or dirty gases; distorted flow profiles; low flowrates; and wide turndown rates are common performance challenges for many flowmetering technologies.
FCI’s MT100 Series air/gas flowmeters combine state-of-the-art electronics technology with application-proven precision flow sensors in a rugged package designed for the most demanding plant operating environments. They provide temperature-compensated direct mass flow measurement of air and gases for precise, repeatable measurement with low maintenance requirements in large-diameter pipes, stacks and rectangular duct installations.
The MT100 air/gas flowmeters are available with 2–8 flowrate sensing points to overcome these issues. Multiple sensors are inserted at various depths within a pipe or duct, and their outputs are multiplexed and averaged to produce the flowrate within the process line.
The MT100 meter’s sensors can be installed across a mast, or they can be inserted at multiple points around the process line in a single plane. In large stack applications, this means that the instrument installation can be carried out at a single platform location to achieve major savings over other technologies, such as ultrasonic meters, which require the installation of transducers at precise offset angles. In hot, dirty, moist or corrosive stack gases, the MT100 flowmeters work well because there are no moving parts, orifices or glass windows to foul or clog. The instrument can measure air/gas processes operating up to 850°F (454°C).
The instrument also features a calibration drift check, which can be initiated on user demand or programmed to run automatically. Results of the test are provided with simple pass/fail messages presented to the operator on the LCD readout. If run automatically, the results are recorded to the onboard data logger.
Available with an optional Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) package, the MT100 Series flowmeters meet requirements for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s CEMS and Continuous Emissions Rate Monitoring System (CERMS) applications.